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Vast and The Exploration Company Partner for Cargo Services

Vast and The Exploration Company

Vast and The Exploration Company have signed a cargo services agreement for a 2028 mission to Vast’s second Haven space station. The agreement commences collaboration between Vast and European industry partners to commercialize low-Earth orbit. In this case, The Exploration Company’s modular and reusable orbital space vehicle 'Nyx' is targeting a cargo mission to Vast’s second Haven space station, in 2028.

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Voyager 1 Returning Science Data From All Four Instruments

Members of the Voyager flight team

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has returned to conducting normal science operations for the first time following a technical issue that arose in November 2023. The team at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, which includes information about the health and status of the spacecraft

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SSC Awards Three Contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX and ULA

ULA / SSC

The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) has awarded National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 Lane 1 contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX, and ULA. The base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) award includes Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Task Orders to each awardee to conduct an initial capabilities assessment and provide explanations of how they will approach tailored mission assurance.

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Armenia Becomes 43rd SIgnatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA and Armenia

Armenia has become the newest signatory to the Artemis Accords, signing the instrument during a ceremony with the U.S. State Department at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Armenia consequently joins 42 other countries in a commitment to advancing principles for the safe, transparent, and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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SOMA Package on Space Biology is Now Publicly Available

SOMA

The Space Omics and Medical Atlas (SOMA) package of manuscripts, data, protocols, and code has been publicly released. The package represents the largest-ever compendium of data for aerospace medicine and space biology with more than 100 institutions from over 25 countries working together for a coordinated 2024 release of molecular, cellular, physiological, phenotypic, and spaceflight data. 

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NASA and Boeing Evaluate Starliner Upon Arriving the ISS

Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams since getting to the International Space Station (ISS) have been testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The testing is part of the data collection on the Starliner system for certification by NASA for regular crewed missions to the orbital complex. Along with teams on the ground, the astronauts are stepping through numerous flight objectives following Starliner's arrival.

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USGIF and Black Cape Announce New Recurring Scholarship

USGIF

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and Black Cape have announced a new multi-year scholarship; the Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence. Each summer the scholarship will go to one female student studying geospatial, geography, geospatial technology, or a related field at the undergraduate level with the intent to work for the U.S. Government.

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Rocket Lab to Get Funding Under CHIPS Act for Semiconductors

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has announced the signing of a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) with the Department of Commerce that would see Rocket Lab receive up to $23.9M in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. The Company also plans to claim the Department of the Treasury’s Investment Tax Credit, which is potentially up to 25% of qualified capital expenditures.

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COSPAR Partners with LASP for COSPAR Center of Excellence

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) has announced its partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, designating the LASP Small/CubeSat group as a "COSPAR Center of Excellence for Capacity Building in CubeSat Technologies". Part of COSPAR’s mission is to promote the exchange of scientific results at international level and encourage meaningful roles for young scientists in space research.

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Planet Hyperspectral Satellite Tanager-1 is Ready for Launch

Planet

Planets has announced that its first hyperspectral satellite, Tanager-1 is ready for launch. The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base on June 3rd in preparation for liftoff as early as July on board the Transporter-11 Rideshare mission with SpaceX. Tanager-1 will subsequently be the first of a next-generation hyperspectral fleet which will expand Planet’s imaging capabilities in the spectral domain to complement the existing imaging capabilities in the temporal and spatial domains offered by the PlanetScope, SkySat, and Pelican missions.

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